Natural stone necklace, iPhone photograph
Those of you who have been reading my blog know that I have a small operation. I am not a large corporation with lots of minions running around doing my bidding; I have one, my husband. He works on all the video stuff, computer programming and picture taking for the website. While actual work is keeping him very busy I still need my pictures. I have jewelry that I would love to put up on the website but no photographs. I’ve spoken to him about this and he is usually working on something else so it gets perpetually put on a back burner. It’s not easy to photograph jewelry, unlike coins, so once he is in a coin photography mood it’s hard to persuade him to do something else.
This carnelian necklace would look way better if my husband took the picture
Photography for jewelry is hard. The lighting has to be right, the environment has to be clean and dust free and the jewelry has to be staged correctly. Each piece of jewelry has its own characteristics and must be adjusted accordingly. You can’t just put it on a board, focus the camera and click. Unlike coins, jewelry’s depth must be captured in the photograph or it looks dull and lifeless, and who would want to purchase a piece of lifeless jewelry. The set up is hard and can be frustrating. When my husband photographs coins he has precise equipment that is designed to capture the coin and lighting that requires very little adjustment. His rig is also connected to a computer so once a coin is in place and focused, he snaps away using his mouse. The picture appears right on his computer screen so he can make adjustments without starting over. When he takes pictures of jewelry it’s not so easy.
We have a separate area for jewelry photograph away from computers that are used for editing. So he must take numerous photographs of the jewelry with only the view screen on the camera as reference. Once he has taken a number of photos he must download them to his computer and begin viewing. This is when you find out if the lighting was slightly off or the picture just didn’t turn out the way you had envisioned, it can be frustrating. This is probably why he has been avoiding me.
An awful picture of really beautiful freshwater pearls
So eventually he will have to move out of the comfort of his office/studio where he is busy photographing coins. He has to come out sometimes because I know there isn’t any food or water in there. So hopefully I will get some decent pictures of my jewelry and it will be placed on the website in the near future. Keep your fingers crossed.